I was really suprised to see that someone decided that it would be a good idea to use not LTS by default. Further more, when you try to install LTS - it won’t switch automatically to it. Before when you was on LTS and were installing new kernel - it’ll switch automatically.
On my device I noticed no performance gains, nothing from kernel 6, only problems such as:
Wi-Fi wasn’t working properly. At first 1/10 of the regular speed, then it was just deactivating itself.
Graphical artifacts on a splash-screen(it fixed itself, but I didn’t have this on LTS at all).
I fixed both by switching to LTS kernel, but I still have one question:
Why was this decision even made?
Especially when utility for Kernel switching still shows only LTS as recommended.
That has always been the case, although exceptionally, some .isos were made with LTS kernels (and are then branded as such in their filename).
By default, GRUB always boots the last-booted kernel, unless one moves the selection bar in the GRUB menu, in which case it will then boot the kernel with the highest version number. You can then select a kernel with a lower version by choosing “Advanced options for Manjaro Linux”.
It wasn’t. You are jumping to conclusions based upon a misunderstanding of how the boot loader works.
LTS kernels are always listed as the recommended choices.